• The Crypto Curious Course

    4649 N Broadway

    Blockchain Institute is conducting a free in-person course on Saturday, February 22nd. The Crypto Curious Course is a 4-hour course designed to help onboard those who are new to blockchain and cryptocurrencies. It's a great place to ask questions and learn about the history of Bitcoin and how it works. If you’re tired of explaining to your friends and family why blockchain and crypto are the future, send them to this free course! Teaching blockchain is not just our job, it’s our mission. When: Saturday, February 22 (10 AM - 2 PM) Where: Chicago HackHaus, 4649 N Broadway Ave, Chicago, 60640 You can learn more about the course and reserve a spot here, https://weteachblockchain.org/crypto-curious/

  • The 4th Blockress coming back to Chicago!

    Aon Center

    Buy your tickets at - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/4th-international-blockchain-congress-2020-tickets-82065681663 Blockress is an international all-day premier event in Chicago attended by 450+ blockchain and cryptocurrency professionals from 20+ countries and 5 continents. Agenda contains keynotes, panel discussions, lightning talks, fireside chats, startup pitches, workshops, breakout group sessions, investor dinners, strategic roundtables, and VIP networking. Gain insight into the key factors shaping the industry as we move into 2020, network with C-level executives, founders and investors keep on top of the latest blockchain trends and meet key influencers from within and outside the crypto space. ➡ Learn More - www.blockress.com ➡ Check Blockress Prospectus Key Numbers: 5 continents 20+ countries 450+ Attendees $30+ billion crypto AUM 25+ sessions Be sure to buy your tickets on Eventbrite!

  • Beginner's Guide to Bitcoin and Blockchain Technology

    125 South Wacker Drive

    Still not sure about bitcoin and blockchain technology? This event is designed for you. We will have a presentation showcasing the differences in bitcoin and the blockchain technology which supports it followed by an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have. Agenda 5pm - Welcome & Networking 5:20 - Presentation from Disruption Joe on Bitcoin & Blockchain 6pm - Q&A Session (Beginner questions welcome) 6:30 - Networking 7pm - Doors Close Presentation Topics Bitcoin -The History of Money An examination of money throughout history, its creation, the social contract, and its functions in society. -What Bitcoin Did First The innovation behind bitcoin was not a technology breakthrough, rather it was a novel use of multi-disciplinary knowledge including cryptography, game theory, and computer science. -Bitcoin's Role Today Today we see large institutions buying into bitcoin and fighting for their slice of the digital asset pie. TD Ameritrade and Fidelity sponsored our Voice of Blockchain showing the maturity of this new asset class. Blockchain -What Makes It a Blockchain Is blockchain a disruptive technology? What is the purpose of private or permissioned blockchain systems? Is it just a database? -Enterprise Use Cases We will look at some of the real-world implementations of blockchain technology including an overview of how industries are innovating today. Join us for a fun night of learning and discussions. MUST RSVP BY MIDNIGHT ON 11/24 FOR BUILDING SECURITY

  • Blockchain Scenarios in Financial Services/Capital Markets: by Microsoft

    Chicago-Kent College of Law at Illinois Institute of Technology

    Fintank is hosting: Microsoft presents a view of Enterprise Blockchain Must Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blockchain-scenarios-in-financial-servicescapital-markets-by-microsoft-tickets-79048278529 About this Event Microsoft is a major player in the world of blockchain. Attend Fintank’s blockchain meet-up on Nov. 21 to hear first-hand about Microsoft’s point of view and strategy for blockchain. PJ Johnson, Principal Architect at Microsoft, will present and engage with the audience. PJ will share 2019 enterprise blockchain successes, expectations for blockchain in 2020, and describe Microsoft’s new Azure Blockchain Tokens platform. This highly interactive session will advance your blockchain knowledge and add to your personal network of Chicago blockchain professionals. About the speaker: PJ Johnson is a Principal Architect at Microsoft. PJ has extensive experience with blockchain, AI, data and cloud computing. He has deep knowledge of the financial services, retail and CPG industries. Register now at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blockchain-scenarios-in-financial-servicescapital-markets-by-microsoft-tickets-79048278529

  • A Free Blockchain 101 Course by Blockchain Institute

    4649 N Broadway

    The Blockchain Institute is conducting a free in-person course this Saturday, November 16th. (RSVP required) The Crypto Curious Course and is designed for those who are new to the crypto world. If you are looking to learn more about Bitcoin and blockchain, this course provides structured content and is a great place to ask all your questions. When: Saturday, November 16 (10AM - 2PM) Where: Chicago HackHaus, 4649 N Broadway Ave, Chicago, 60640 You can learn more about the course and reserve a spot here, https://weteachblockchain.org/crypto-curious/ Or check out the Institute's free online courses and sign up for the newsletter to learn about future events here, https://theblockchaininstitute.org/all-courses/

  • Official After Party for Voice of Blockchain

    1420 S Michigan Ave

    Join our afterparty at 1420 S Michigan Ave. Live music, drinks available and network with Chicago's blockchain leaders. Sponsored by Crypto Key Stack and Prime Trust www.cryptokeystack.com www.primetrust.com

  • Voice of Blockchain 2019

    Venue SIX10

    Chicago’s Second Annual VOICE OF BLOCKCHAIN SEPTEMBER 30TH & OCTOBER 1ST The biggest blockchain & crypto event in the midwest! USE CODE "CBPDEAL" FOR $100 OFF TICKETS! Event Website: https://voiceofblockchain.com VENUE SIX10 610 S. Michigan Ave. * Chicago, IL 60605 THREE STAGES * 1,000+ CAPACITY * FOUR FLOORS WHAT IS VOICE OF BLOCKCHAIN? Voice of Blockchain was created in 2018 by the Chicago Blockchain Project community. It is designed to drive adoption of blockchain & cryptoassets with a primary goal of educating stakeholders on the benefits of the technology in an ethical and inclusive manner. These stakeholders include the buyers, investors, and the builders of systems that distribute trust. It also includes society as a whole as we aim to promote viable and sustainable solutions to the worlds greatest challenges. THREE TRACKS OF CONTENT CORPORATE & ENTERPRISE Solutions and industry changing projects across six industry verticals. See full life cycle stories, keynotes, and fireside chats with buy-side decision makers. MARKETS & DIGITAL ASSETS A conversation with top 500 AUM asset managers, hedge funds, regulators, and service providers on changing market dynamics of a new asset class. IMPACT & INNOVATION An examination of social impact and technical progress. Topics include artificial intelligence, IoT, user experience, identity, interoperability, bitcoin, mechanism design, and privacy. https://voiceofblockchain.com

  • FREE: See Cryptoeconomics in Action: An Understanding of Data on Ethereum

    Join us for food, drinks, and an understanding of how data on the Ethereum blockchain is changing the game for applications, smart contracts, and fundamentally shifting market structure. Two presentations followed by networking. TARGET AUDIENCE Hedge funds trading or considering crypto assets; Developers building on Ethereum; Anyone who is crypto enthusiast looking for a reliable data source for decision making. AGENDA 5:30 - Welcome Food/Drinks 6:00 - Vulcanize DB | Simplify Working with Smart Contract 6:30 - Amberdata | See Cryptoeconomics in Action 7:15 - Networking VULCANIZE DB Ethereum is a robust platform for decentralized applications, but the same data structures and encodings that make it effective and trustless also complicate data accessibility and usability - we’ve traditionally depended on centralized APIs and block explorers to capture and serve historical data in a performant way. VulcanizeDB has been working hard to address this problem - aiming to make it easier for anyone to set up, maintain, and query their own data directly. This talk aims to share some of the lessons we’ve learned; clarifying how we simplify the process of developing and interacting with smart contracts while keeping our applications and data independent of centralized third parties. Presenter: Rob Mulholand Rob is a Principal Software Crafter at 8th Light, where he leads development on VulcanizeDB - an Ethereum Foundation and MakerDAO supported project aimed at making it easier for developers to build application-specific caches and indexes for dapps built on Ethereum. He has extensive experience developing flexible and maintainable software, and is particularly interested in improving the testing and verification of software systems. In his spare time, Rob enjoys mentoring the next generation of software developers, having worked with the Chicago Python Meetup group’s mentorship program and the Noble Network of Charter Schools’ STEM internship program. Rob holds an M.A. from the University of Georgia and a B.A. from Northwestern University. AMBERDATA Amberdata is a blockchain and digital asset data company. It combines validated blockchain and market data from the top crypto exchanges into a unified platform and API enabling our customers to operate with confidence and build real-time data-powered applications. In this presentation and live coding demo, you will see cryptoeconomics in action and how on-chain activities drive price change, along with crypto investment portfolio analytics. Presenters: Shawn Douglass & Joanes Espanol Shawn Douglass is Co-founder and CEO of Amberdata, a Blockchain and Digital Asset Data company. Prior to founding Amberdata, Mr. Douglass served as President of Software and CTO at Unified, building and operating the company's rapidly-expanding SaaS offerings in cross-platform data management, analytics, and reporting. Mr. Douglass was CTO at ServiceMesh (acquired by CSC) and drove the strategy and vision of the ServiceMesh Agility Platform and contributing to IT transformation at Global 2000 enterprises. Prior to ServiceMesh, he was Managing Director at EMC Ventures where he led strategic investments in cloud, security, big data/analytics, and disruptive technology and business models. He has held roles as Board Member, Operating Executive, Technologist, Advisor and Investor. Mr. Douglass is a graduate of Harvard Business School. Joanes Espanol is CTO of Amberdata, a blockchain and digital asset company which combines validated blockchain and market data from the top crypto exchanges into a unified platform and API, enabling customers to operate with confidence and build real-time data-powered applications. Prior to founding Amberdata, Mr. Espanol has worked on several large scale ingestion pipelines and analytics platforms, with a focus on infrastructure automation and highly available systems. He is passionate about information retrieval and extracting meaning from data.

  • Open Call for Volunteers at Voice of Blockchain - Free Ticket Opportunity

    Voice of Blockchain is 9/30 & 10/1 at Venue SIX10 on Michigan Ave. We are looking for people who can help with check-in, wrangling speakers, and timing the talks. Work one day and get a free ticket for the other day along with an invite to the afterparty. Join us and ask questions at our open call we are doing in combo with this event we are supporting at Summit Chicago! OR Enter your info here to sign up online: https://airtable.com/shrzJ1XX87Kz8aorO Interested in connecting with others in the IoT Blockchain space? Trusted IoT Alliance will be in downtown Chicago Wednesday, August 28. This opportunity is meant for both members and non-members to get face time with the TIOTA board and discuss ideas, market strategies, growth strategies, as well technologies and innovative use cases from within your own organizations. Meet Up will also include a Fireside Chat on DLT/Blockchain featuring industry SME's and Shark Tank style pitches to industry investors. ***There is ONE spot left in the Shark Tank! Attendees can present innovative new ideas to investors. The winning pitch will receive an invitation to pitch to investors in person. If you are interested in pitching, please email us at [masked].*** Here's what else you can expect: 1. Introduction of Trusted IoT Alliance 2. Presentations: - Peter Johnson, Jump Capital - Colleen Sullivan, CMT Digital Holdings - Patrick Gorrell, FRST 3. Flash Happy Hour / Networking 4. Fireside Chat on DLT/Blockchain featuring invited panelists: - Peter Johnson, Jump Capital - Colleen Sullivan, CMT Digital Holdings - Patrick Gorrell, FRST 4. Shark Tank! This event is FREE. Beverages and light snacks will be provided.

  • The True Story of the Petro in Venezuela + Venture, Derivatives, & Real Estate

    Join us at Workbox, on the night of Tuesday August 27th, with over a hundred Chicago-area blockchain professionals! ** Beer, wine, and pizza are included with the admission to this event ** Sign up on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/voice-of-blockchain-networking-event-in-collaboration-with-tony-p-tickets-64478905141 On the night of Tuesday August 27th we are going to meet-up to network and to learn more about the latest Blockchain trends during the expert panel discussion. What to expect: Our panelists will be up on stage, sharing their stories. From the beginning to the end, the good times and the bad. We will ask them questions, we'll let the floor ask them questions, and we'll hold an open discussion. Agenda: 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm Registration and Networking 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm Escape from Venezuela Story, with Gabriel Jimenez 7:00 pm - 7:40 pm Panel Discussion: Real Business with Blockchain & Crypto 7:40 pm – 9:00 pm Networking For this event, we will be speaking with Joe Hernandez, Gabriel Jimenez, Colleen Sullivan, and Geoff Kasselman: Gabriel Jimenez Gabriel Jimenez is the founder of The Social Us, a blockchain incubator that promoted change through entrepreneurship and technology in Venezuela, a country ranked 187th out of 190, in a list of easiest places to do business. His company became the pioneers in the nascent national blockchain industry along the way, and risked everything to create a tool to implement a free market system after 18 years of economic control. Taking ideas from bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, the Petro, was designed as a trojan horse to bring a free market system into the socialist country. When government officials this found out, they took the project out of Gabriel’s control. He was placed on house arrest until he was able to escape during an extended power outage caused by the countries failed economic policies. He has been living in Chicago since June of 2019 where he is looking to begin a new life in the U.S. • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gabrieljimenezm Colleen Sullivan Ms. Sullivan is a partner and CEO in CMT Digital, a division of the CMT Group, of which Ms. Sullivan has been a partner since August 2013. As an authority in the crypto asset and blockchain space, Colleen is a thought leader regarding venture capital, legal/compliance, and the potential applications of technology. CMT Digital investment portfolio includes recognized industry leaders such as Pantera Capital, Bakkt, ErisX, Bloq, Abra, Circle, Polychain Capital, BlockFi, SeedCX, and more. • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/colleen-sullivan-879982a Geoff Kasselman Mr. Kasselman is the regional director of the FIBREE (blockchain & real estate) organization who recently left his position as executive managing director at Newmark Knight Frank. He has produced more than $1 billion in value through over 1,000 transactions in his 31 years in the commercial real estate transaction, advisory & consulting business. Current/past customers include: ASOS, Caterpillar, DWR, Hussmann, National Association of Realtors, Cummins, Petco, PepsiAmericas, Marriott, UPS, DHL, Wrigley, USG, BAE Systems, Cardinal Health, Chicago Tribune, CSX, Tootsie Roll, CenterPoint Properties, ProLogis, First Industrial, IDI, Hyatt, Charles Schwab and many others large and small. • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/geoffreykasselman